Exclusive Breastfeeding, Pacifiers & Safe Sleep

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Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) promotes exclusive breastfeeding and the safe implementation of practices that support exclusive breastfeeding while also reinforcing safe sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) reduction messages and practices. BFUSA believes strongly that the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, safe sleep, and SIDS reduction are complimentary initiatives. In fact, breastfeeding is recommended as a strategy for reducing SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. The protective effect of breastfeeding increases with exclusivity.

Please click here to read the entire statement about Exclusive Breastfeeding, Pacifiers and Safe Sleep.


On October 24, 2016 the AAP released SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment (click here to download). This update includes the statement "For breastfed infants, pacifier introduction should be delayed until breastfeeding is firmly established. Infants who are not being directly breastfed can begin pacifier use as soon as desired."

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